Board and staff updates

Statewide board briefs

NCCF is delighted to announce that Jane Thorne of Tarboro has joined our statewide board of directors. She currently serves as president of the board of advisors of the Edgecombe Charitable Foundation. “We are so looking forward to working with Jane and know her insight and experience as an affiliate leader will benefit the statewide board and our entire organization,” said Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF CEO and president. A more formal announcement of Jane’s appointment will come soon, so stay tuned! 

Several of our directors recently rolled off our statewide board, including Robert E. Barnhill Jr., of Tarboro; Kenneth G. Reece, of Raleigh, who most recently served as chair of resource development; and Elizabeth Hobgood Wellons, of Smithfield. “We are so appreciative of the many years that these three directors have given to NCCF,” said Tolle Whiteside. “Their leadership has been invaluable to both the Foundation and to the State of North Carolina.”

North Carolina Community Foundation's board and staff were saddened to learn of the May 26 death of Frank Brown Holding Sr., who was a founding NCCF board member and also instrumental in the creation and success of the Johnston County Community Foundation, an NCCF affiliate formed in 1994. He was a pioneer in the banking industry and a member of the First Citizens Bank executive management team in NC and SC before retiring in 2014. Mr. Holding was a generous and very often quiet, behind-the-scenes philanthropist. His obituary notes: "As a philanthropist, there were no projects too small or too large to capture his imagination." Read more about Mr. Holding and find a link to his obituary here.

Staff briefs

Louis Duke was promoted to senior communications specialist this spring. He is a member of the communications and marketing department, where he manages external communications for NCCF’s statewide affiliate network. He also supports digital and social media, public relations and marketing. The 2015 Campbell University graduate has been with NCCF for three years.

Leslie Ann Jackson, director of grants and scholarships, recently graduated from Leadership North Carolina in the Class of XXV. The program for established and emerging leaders is designed to broaden participants’ understanding of issues and opportunities facing North Carolina. LNC attracts top leaders from government, business, nonprofit and education sectors.

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